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Fangorn Forest

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==Description==
 
==Description==
 
[[File:Ted Nasmith - Fangorn Forest.jpg|250px|thumb|"Fangorn Forest" by [[Ted Nasmith]]]]
 
[[File:Ted Nasmith - Fangorn Forest.jpg|250px|thumb|"Fangorn Forest" by [[Ted Nasmith]]]]
[[Legolas]] described Fangorn as "tense" and "old, very old...and full of memory",<ref>{{TT|White}}</ref> and the [[Dwarves|Dwarf]] [[Gimli]] said that "the air is stuffy... lighter than [[Mirkwood]], but it is musty and shabby." [[Legolas]] also said that the trees were speaking to each other, and that the trees have feelings. He said the [[Elves]] began it, waking up the trees and teaching them to speak. [[Peregrin Took]] described it as "very dim, and stuffy", comparing it to the [[Old Took|Old Took's]] room in the [[Great Smials]]. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]] contrasted the forest with [[Bilbo]]'s description of the pitch-dark Mirkwood, saying, "This is just dim, and frightfully tree-ish."<ref name="Treebeard">{{TT|III4}}</ref>
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[[Legolas]] described Fangorn as "tense" and "old, very old...and full of memory",<ref>{{TT|White}}</ref> and the [[Dwarves|Dwarf]] [[Gimli]] said that "the air is stuffy... lighter than [[Mirkwood]], but it is musty and shabby." [[Legolas]] also said that the trees were speaking to each other, and that the trees have feelings. He said the [[Elves]] started it, waking up the trees and teaching them to speak. [[Peregrin Took]] described it as "very dim, and stuffy", comparing it to the [[Old Took|Old Took's]] room in the [[Great Smials]]. [[Meriadoc Brandybuck]] contrasted the forest with [[Bilbo]]'s description of the pitch-dark Mirkwood, saying, "This is just dim, and frightfully tree-ish."<ref name="Treebeard">{{TT|III4}}</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
During the books it is mentioned by many characters that Fangorn is a dangerous and cursed place, similar to [[Mirkwood]]. This idea was likely started by the fact that any people who wandered far into Fangorn or cut down trees might have been killed by [[Ents]]. Along with the old and ominous feel of the forest, this most likely lead people to believe that the forest was cursed, giving it its bad name. However, [[Fangorn]] in reality, is a very beautiful place. There are Trees that can speak, and feel, and even talk. As in any forest there are dangers, but there is also good. "All that is gold does not glitter," after all.
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During the books it is mentioned by many characters that Fangorn is a dangerous and cursed place, similar to [[Mirkwood]]. This idea was likely started by the fact that any people who wandered far into Fangorn or cut down trees might have been killed by [[Ents]]. Along with the old and ominous feel of the forest, this most likely lead people to believe that the forest was cursed, giving it its bad name.
  
 
===First and Second Age===
 
===First and Second Age===

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Fangorn Forest
Forest
J.R.R. Tolkien - Fangorn Forest.jpg
"Fangorn Forest" by J.R.R. Tolkien
General Information
Other namesEntwood (R), Tauremorna, Ambaróna, Aldalómë (Q)
LocationNorth of Rohan, east of the southern tip of the Misty Mountains
TypeForest
DescriptionDense, dark woodland
InhabitantsEnts, Huorns, Trees
GalleryImages of Fangorn Forest
"All that lies north of Rohan is now to us so far away that fancy can wander freely there"
Boromir in "Farewell to Lórien"

Fangorn Forest was a deep, dark woodland that grew beneath the southern Misty Mountains, under the eastern flanks of that range. It gained notoriety as the habitat of the Ents in the Third Age. The forest, known as Entwood in Rohan, was named after the oldest Ent, Fangorn. Fangorn Forest was the oldest part of Treebeard's realm, and it is here the Ents retreated following widespread deforestation caused by Númenóreans and other events leading up to the War of the Last Alliance at the end of the Second Age[1][2]. Fangorn was within the borders of Gondor, but centuries passed without any Gondorian visiting to prove or disprove the legends around the Forest.

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[edit] Description

"Fangorn Forest" by Ted Nasmith

Legolas described Fangorn as "tense" and "old, very old...and full of memory",[3] and the Dwarf Gimli said that "the air is stuffy... lighter than Mirkwood, but it is musty and shabby." Legolas also said that the trees were speaking to each other, and that the trees have feelings. He said the Elves started it, waking up the trees and teaching them to speak. Peregrin Took described it as "very dim, and stuffy", comparing it to the Old Took's room in the Great Smials. Meriadoc Brandybuck contrasted the forest with Bilbo's description of the pitch-dark Mirkwood, saying, "This is just dim, and frightfully tree-ish."[4]

[edit] History

During the books it is mentioned by many characters that Fangorn is a dangerous and cursed place, similar to Mirkwood. This idea was likely started by the fact that any people who wandered far into Fangorn or cut down trees might have been killed by Ents. Along with the old and ominous feel of the forest, this most likely lead people to believe that the forest was cursed, giving it its bad name.

[edit] First and Second Age

Fangorn Forest was the easternmost survivor of the immense forest that spanned all of Eriador and Calenardhon in the First Age and early Second Age, but which was destroyed by the Númenóreans and Sauron. Before the deforestation of these regions by Númenórean shipbuilders, Fangorn Forest was much larger, and may have been connected to the Old Forest.[source?]

By the end of the Second Age, all of the Entwives had moved away from Fangorn, passing East over the Anduin never to return. In The Two Towers, Treebeard told Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took that there have been no Entings in a long time because they "lost the Entwives."

[edit] Third Age

Saruman often used to walk in Fangorn and talk with Treebeard, if he met him, and was always eager to listen to anything the old Ent told him about the forest. However, he never repaid Treebeard in the same way.[4] Saruman used this knowledge of the forest's secrets for his own advantage.

Beginning in T.A. 2953 Saruman started fortifying Isengard[5] and eventually his Orcs started abusing and harassing the forest, its trees and Ents, for his fortifications and war machines.

[edit] War of the Ring

Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas searching in the forest, art by Alan Lee

On 28 February of T.A. 3019, Éomer's Éored attacked and slaughtered the band of Uruk-hai of Uglúk under the eaves of Fangorn.[6] This allowed Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took to escape the Orcs and pass into the forest. There they met Treebeard and informed him of the danger that Saruman posed to the Ents and their forest. Following the Entmoot the rest of the Ents finally agreed to march against Isengard, taking Merry and Pippin with them and sending Huorns to Helm's Deep to deal with the Orcs there. Treebeard was angered by Saruman's Orcs chopping down parts of the forest. This was one of the reasons the Ents decided to attack Isengard.

On March 1, T.A. 3019, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas entered the forest in search of Merry and Pippin. Rather than the two young hobbits, they encountered the White Wizard. At first they believed it to be Saruman before realising that it was Gandalf, returned from death. His name was now Gandalf the White.

[edit] Etymology

Fangorn is a Sindarin word that translates as "Treebeard", from fang ("beard") and orn ("tree").

Entwood is a modernization of Old English Entwudu (wudu, "wood"), so modernised because it was recognisable by speakers of Westron. Gondorians used that name, assimilated to their own language.[7]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The White Rider"
  3. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 769-70